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A Tardis Murphy Bed

( Fun! andGeek andThe House )

What a great idea; a Murphy bed dressed up to look like a Tardis! The Murphy bed has been around for a long time, but this is just a neat adaptation of that concept. Although it doesn’t look bigger on the inside than on the outside, it does make the room it’s in feel bigger when […]

Something New In Garage Doors

( The House )

Here’s something I hadn’t seen before; a garage door without tracks:  The whole system — doors, lift mechanism, folding mechanism –is pretty ingenious. The biggest difference between this system and a traditional garage door is that you don’t have the track rails extending into the garage space, and that only half the height of the door ends up […]

Reviving My Chamberlain Garage Door Opener

( The House )

Over the weekend I resurrected my trusty old garage door opener. It’s an older Chamberlain door opener, nothing fancy at all, but it stopped after lifting the door about 8″ on Friday morning as I went to take my wife to work*. When it stopped, I hit the button a couple more times; it moved a […]

Bushy-Tailed Tree Rats

( Cars! andThe House )

We only have a single-car garage, which typically doesn’t have room for even a single car, so parking a car or three on the street is pretty much normal at our house. Just down the street from our property there is a walnut tree between the curb and the sidewalk, not far from where the […]

Define Curb-To-Curb Plowing

I glanced at the Argus Leader in the break room at work yesterday, and the letter to the editor on the front page of the Voices page jumped out at me; it literally warmed my heart! Snow accumulating along curbs DEB K. OLSON • SIOUX FALLS • JANUARY 20, 2011 Could someone define curb-to-curb snow […]

Compact Fluorescents Suck

I hate compact fluorescent light bulbs. I really do. I like the fact that they use less electricity than a standard incandescent bulb, but aside from that there is absolutely no up-side to using them. We’ve got CFL’s installed in various places around the house, and I discovered one of them was out this morning. […]

The Convective Heat Burst

( Fun! andGeek andThe House )

Last night we experienced a rather weird and rare weather phenomenon. It’s called a Convective Heat Burst. About 4 a.m. this morning I woke to the sound of shrieking winds and tree branches falling on the roof. I looked outside & saw that a good-sized branch had fallen from the maple tree, so I went […]

Google-Eye View of the Home Base

( The House )

This will show a satellite photo of our block. It doesn’t point to our house exactly, but it’s close. Our house is three houses down from the pointer. I love Google Maps! It rocks!